Winners of a 2021 Polk Award and a 2022 Edward R. Murrow Award

The Investigative Reporting Program, led by four-time Pulitzer Prize winner David Barstow, is a professional newsroom and teaching institute at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. We are committed to reporting stories that expose injustice and abuse of power while training the next generation of journalists in the highest standards of our craft.

Featured Projects

American Insurrection

Berkeley Journalism's Investigative Reporting Program, FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the threat posed by militia groups, white supremacists and other extremist groups.

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Read our investigative story, "How an Active Duty Airman Tried to Start a Civil War," on ProPublica.

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Aging in America

Aging in America

The barriers that prevent older adults from living with greater dignity and independence

The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez

A boy's murder and the subsequent trials prompt questions about the system's protection of vulnerable children

California's Criminal Cops

California's Criminal Cops

Shining a light on policing and misconduct

Election 2020

Election 2020

Scrutinizing the integrity of the vote across California

Chronicling Covid

Chronicling Covid

How the novel coronavirus has impacted people across California

Child Welfare

Child Welfare

How misguided policies and systems fail to protect children in peril

Our People

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David Barstow

Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism

David Barstow leads the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He is a former senior writer at The New York Times and the first reporter to ever win four Pulitzer Prizes.

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Bernice Yeung
Managing Editor

Christine Schiavo
Local News Editor

Garrett Therolf

Gisela Pérez de Acha

Kathryn Hurd

Daniel Lempres

Rachel Mueller

Katey Rusch

Meg Shutzer

Yasmin Rafiei
Reporter in Residence

Aysha Pettigrew
Director of Operations

Lowell Bergman


Student Interns:

2023 Fall Student Reporters:

Kathleen Adelle Quinn '24

Lilliana Cortes '25

Laura Fitzgerald '24

Saumya Gupta '24

Celeste Hamilton Dennis '24

Nadia Lathan '24

Grace Marion '24

Holly McDede '25

Cara Nixon '24

Kate Raphael '24

Elizabeth Santos '25

Adam Solorzano '24

Julian Wray '25


Our Partners

Our Funders

We receive major support from these foundations

The IRP was founded with a gift from Reva and David Logan, which created an endowed faculty position, the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism. The IRP offices are sponsored by a generous gift from the Heising-Simons Foundation to the University of California, which allowed the university to purchase a building for the IRP and The Daily Californian.

Individual donors also provide major program support and have long been the base of our funding.

If you are interested in supporting the IRP, donations can be given to specific programs or general operations.

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Reporting Projects

Award winning investigative reporting by our fellows and reporting team, covering... to ....


Logan Symposium

Leading journalists, policymakers, academics, philanthropists and other gather at the annual Logan Symposium to discuss topics that include... and more.


Gabriel’s Fund

Created in memory of Gabriel Fernandez, the subject of the Netflix docuseries ‘The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez,” which is based on the IRP’s reporting.

Contact IRP

Investigative Reporting Program
Graduate School of Journalism
2481 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
Phone: (510) 643-1386

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